I know that as parents we have many roles; but I believe the most important and fundamental of all our roles is the one where we teach our children about values and respect.
These values are important to me:
We should be able to put our trust in others, as others trust us back, although the realities of us being able to trust others, isn’t the same as others trusting us.
There will always be times where someone doesn’t deserve to have our respect. Respect is something earned, not something that’s just given. As children learn about respect and know the difference, they will work out other people, their actions and deeds and will know whether they’ve earned that respect.
Another old-fashioned value that will or will not always pay dividends, but that as children learn the difference between loyalty and blind loyalty they will choose friends wisely.
To be concerned and to understand how someone feels will help children strengthen their own resolve as they go through life. They will begin to see others who are less fortunate than themselves and will want to help, where they can and to know they will make a difference.
Teaches children about maturity and growth. Putting others first makes us selfless and unselfish.
The old-fashioned values are the values I grew up with and that I live by. If followed continually they will help us mature and grow spiritually.